In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 13, 2013 at 10:04 am
A Monterey woman charged with human trafficking was sentenced Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison.
Aaliya Solange Ali Person, 36, also known as Lisa Louise Banner, admitted to pandering a 17-year-old who was brought to Monterey for purposes of prostitution. Person admitted to charges of pandering, human trafficking and kidnapping. Her sentence of 10 years and 8 months in prison was stipulated as part of her plea agreement.
Acting on a tip, Monterey police found the girl in a Monterey hotel on Feb. 8, 2012. A search of Person’s residence revealed evidence linking her to the girl, a runaway who has since been reunited with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and is doing well, Deputy District Attorney Todd Hornik said.
Hornik said Person took the girl to the hotel room, took her belongings, including her car, and left her stranded there for purposes of prostitution to pay off a debt the girl owed to a pimp in Oakland.
Hornik said Person was the pimp’s “regional manager” for prostitution in the area and “was involved in this business and this lifestyle.”
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
In Awareness, Human Trafficking on November 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm
A day after California voters approved Proposition 35, a federal judge Wednesday temporarily blocked the new law’s requirement that the state’s 73,000 registered sex offenders must immediately give police a list of their online screen names and Internet service providers.
U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson issued the temporary restraining order in San Francisco in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday morning by two registered offenders and a nonprofit group.
The temporary order will remain in effect until a Nov. 20 hearing on whether Henderson should grant a longer-term preliminary injunction against the disclosure requirement.
Source: Half Moon Bay Patch
In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on August 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm
In California, An Effort To Fight Human Trafficking
This November, California voters will decide on a ballot initiative that would strengthen penalties for those involved in the sex trafficking of women and children. The CASE Act — or Californians Against Sexual Exploitation — would make those cases easier to prosecute. And if it passes, those convicted of the crime would have to register as sex offenders, which they’re not currently required to do.
Los Angeles is a major hub for child sex trafficking in the state, though the LAPD does not give out numbers on how widespread the problem is because it is such an underreported crime. The average age of victims, according to Lt. Andre Dawson, head of the LAPD’s Human Trafficking Unit, is 13 years old.
Pulling up the website, Backpage.com, Dawson reads from a posted ad.
“It says ‘Stunning, beautiful, sexy, no disappointments.’ It shows the age of being 22, but when you look at the pictures, you can that tell this picture is not of a 22-year-old girl,” he says.
On the Internet or the street, it’s the same story.
In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on July 11, 2012 at 11:07 am
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley speaks during the Victory Outreach Church’s candlelight vigil with a song at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, Calif., Friday April 6, 2012. The Victory Outreach Church of Oakland held the “Hear The Cry II Candlelight Vigil” to speak out against human sex trafficking. (Anda Chu/Staff)
In 2010, a 13-year-old girl from San Francisco came across the Bay Bridge to Oakland. She thought that she was visiting friends, but one of these so-called friends put her in the clutches of a human trafficker. She was taken to a house where her clothes were taken away, all contact with her family cut off, and she was put out on the streets for sex trafficking.
At all times, a man with a gun followed her, and she was abused physically, mentally and sexually. She was forced to have sex with strangers for money collected by the trafficker.
This girl represents just one of the many women and children caught in the web of human trafficking throughout California and the Bay Area. I’ve seen the faces of children who have suffered at the hands of traffickers and heard their halting stories of abuses and traumas.
For these children, we must pass the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act this November. The CASE Act is a ballot initiative that will fight back against human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children.
Source: Contra Costa Times